ERIC Number: EJ969175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 6
Dialing in to a Circle of Trust: A "Medium" Tech Experiment and Poetic Evaluation
Love, Christine T.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n130 p37-52 Sum 2012
In his 2004 book "A Hidden Wholeness," Parker Palmer makes explicit the unique qualities of the transformational "circle of trust." He describes a group of people embracing the paradox of "being alone together," where the only goal of the group is to invite the emergence of the soul of each individual, through journaling and carefully constructed small and large group work--or simply, through silence. Circles of Trust offer ample opportunity for facilitators to model and teach honest open questions--and for participants to practice this form of questioning that intentionally goes against the grain of advice giving. These questions inform the participants' discussion of how "third things"--typically poems, other short pieces of literature, music, or visual art--intersect with their personal and professional lives. This article describes a "medium" tech experiment and poetic evaluation that can support and deepen an in-person retreat experience. "Found poetry" illustrates how an experimental series of reflective audio teleconference retreats became a transforming experience.
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Poetry, Questioning Techniques, Transformative Learning, Teleconferencing, Clergy, Protestants, Pilot Projects
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